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An expert has proven that carrots can help you see in dark places, if eating an apple every day keeps the doctor away, or if oysters are too much fun.

Lily Soutter, a nutritionist, clarifies whether chewing gum takes seven years, if you can swim after eating, and if fish are good for your brain.

She confirms that carrots are rich in vitamin A, which can help maintain healthy vision. However, they won’t make you see better in the dark.

Similar to eating an apple a day doesn’t reduce the likelihood of you needing to see a doctor, chewing gum won’t leave your body for seven years.

Neither chocolate nor oysters are aphrodisiacs – possibly to the disappointment of 18 per cent and 19 per cent respectively who are wrongly under the impression they are.

Yogurt makers Onken have teamed-up with Lily Soutter to separate the fact from the fiction about food, after it commissioned a study which found half of the 2,000 adults polled are ‘confused’.

Lily stated that many people rely on the information they learned in school about nutrition.

” But we are learning more about the health benefits of different foods for our bodies, including the beneficial effects of fermented foods on our gut and immune systems.

” While some of the advice passed down through generations is great, others aren’t .”

The study also showed that only 1% of adults believe swimming after eating is a good idea.

It’s best to avoid exercising too intensely right after eating. This can cause you to get a stitch.

Almost half of people believe that fish is good for your brain. This is because omega 3 fatty acid in oily fish helps maintain normal brain function.

Eating bread crusts doesn’t make your hair curly, although one in 10 think it does.

And sadly, despite 23 per cent believing it to be the case, eating celery doesn’t burn more calories than you gain from eating it.

Other ‘fake news’ wrongly believed by many of those polled include eating chicken soup helps if you have a cold (27 per cent) and drinking fruit juice is as healthy as eating whole fruit (17 per cent).

It also emerged four in 10 said their first point of call for information on eating well would be the internet and 15 per cent would turn to their mum or dad.

Others would rely on experts like a nutritionist (14 per cent) or their GP (12 per cent).

But it may be worthwhile for them to ask such experts how to pronounce important health foods.

This is because 77 percent don’t know how to pronounce acai (asai), percent struggle to pronounce kombucha(kom-boo-cha), and 61 percent find miso (meeso) difficult to pronounce.

Kefir (kuhfear) can be a bit tricky for 63 %, while 44 1% have never heard of it.

Laura Graham, from Onken, which has launched a Super Kefir yogurt containing live cultures and Vitamins B6 and B12, said: “When it comes to healthy eating, it doesn’t matter whether or not you can get your tongue round pronouncing these foods.”

Carried out through OnePoll, the research also found half of adults admit they don’t pay enough attention to what foods their body actually needs.

However, a majority struggle to know what foods are good for them.

Similar, 49 percent aren’t certain what a balanced diet is. They may not be getting enough of the nutrients they need.

Despite all of these being essential to healthy eating, many people don’t know what a balanced diet is.

FOOD FACTS AND FICTION – according to Lily Soutter

Carrots help you see in the dark – FICTION

Fish is good for the brain – FACT

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – FICTION

Eating celery burns more calories than you gain from eating it – FICTION

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac – FICTION

Drinking fruit juice is as healthy as eating whole fruit – FICTION

It takes seven years to digest chewing gum – FICTION

Oysters are an aphrodisiac – FICTION

You shouldn’t swim for an hour after eating – FICTION

Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach – FICTION

Eating bread crusts makes your hair curly – FICTION

Eat chicken soup if you have a cold – FICTION

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